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Himachal’s Sex Sorted Semen Facility Centre to Help Get Rid of Stray Cattle, Will Encourage Animal Husbandry Activities: Govt

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Shimla-State government is soon going to set up Rs. 47.50 crore sex-sorted semen facility Centre in the State with the financial support of Government of India. The Central Government will provide 90 percent assistance and the state government will contribute remaining 10 percent, informed the state government.

In this centre, injections of indigenous breed cows will be developed. It will help in preparing sex-sorted semen available in large quantities so that most offspring born is female. The government said 740 Kanal Land have been identified to set up this centre in Lamlehri of Kutlehar assembly constituency. The Project Sanctioning has approved setting up of this centre in the state.

The government claimed that with the commissioning of this project, farmers will get relief from stray cattle as after the mechanization of agriculture, the usage of ox for agricultural purposes has been reduced drastically and due to this reason, male calves are abandoned on the roads. This facility will also provide relief to farmers from stray cattle causing damages to the crops in rural areas, the government claimed.

Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Animal Husbandry Virender Kanwar said that the state government is providing subsidy for the purchase of cows, goat and sheep etc.  Also, he said, 85 percent subsidy to below poverty line (BPL) farmers and 60 percent subsidy to other farmers for the purchase of goats are being given. For this scheme, he said, Rs. 6 crores will be spent during this financial year 2019-20. The state government will also establish Murah buffalo farm by spending Rs. 11 crores under ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’. Further, he added, a Gokul Gram will also be established at the cost of Rs. 34 crores.

The state government has proposed to automated milk chilling units (AMCU) to all the co-operative societies. In addition to this, 50 thousand litres a day milk processing plants will be established in Duttnagar and Chakkar.

To promote natural farming in the state, a subsidy of 50 percent with maximum limit will be given to buy indigenous cows. He said Rs. 2 crores will be spent on Embryo Transfer Technology for protecting and promoting Sahiwal and Red-Sindhi breeds of cows. For breeding Sahiwal and Red-Sindhi breeds of cows, centre will be established by spending Rs. 11 crores.

To help farmers indulged in animal rearing, in getting rid of inbreeding problem, and increasing wool productivity by importing improved breeds of sheep, Rs. 8 crores have been sanctioned under ‘Rashtriya Pashu Dhan Mission’, he added.

 

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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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